Publishing Day

After eight years of research and writing my new book Rise and Kill First is being published today.

The book includes never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, along with hundreds of on-the-record interviews (I met with some 1,000 sources in 20 countries) and thousands of files to which I obtained exclusive access.

It is a history of the Mossad and the Israeli intelligence community from the time of the founding of the first Zionist armed force, in the hut of one of the pioneers in 1907, up until the book went to copy editing in September 2017.

The book traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel’s targeted killing campaign and special operations, which have profoundly affected the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.

I was fortunate enough to receive a number of very favorable blurbs from people whom I greatly respect. Perhaps the most surprising line comes from Tamir Prado, the Mossad director until 2016: “Bergman’s ability to reach sources inside Western intelligence communities is amazing (and, I must say, also a little disturbing).” (All the blurbs and reviews to be found on the Random House Page)

Regrettably, Random House could not supply a free copy to everyone on this mailing list, but I’d be very happy if you read the book and give me your thoughts about it.

Here’s the link to the Amazon page for the book:

And Barnes & Noble: